This film is quite literally the Avengers Endgame of anime in a sense and virtually everyone I know has already watched it, even if they didn’t watch the franchise prior. Despite that and the fact that I found it for £9.99 in HMV, I figured I may as well grab it.
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a 2018 feature-length anime film from Toei Animation and directed by Tatsuya Nagamine. The film and the anime franchise overall is based on the manga series Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama, and this film is the first anime film using the Super tag (many films prior used the Z tag).
Dragon Ball Super: Broly takes place after the events of the first Dragon Ball Super anime series (and after the Universe Survival Saga) and reintroduces the character Broly who is a Super Saiyan much like Goku and Vegeta. While Broly has previously featured in three Dragon Ball Z films in the past, Akira Toriyama decided to bring him back with a different background and also so that he’s now in the franchise canonically (as all of the films except for Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’ are technically considered non-canon).
Dragon Ball Super: Broly was theatrically released on December 2018 during Japan and a month later across multiple territories including the United Kingdom and the United States. The film was released before Japan on Blu-ray in the United States in April 2019 and a month later in the United Kingdom. Funimation has the United States & Canada rights while Manga Entertainment has the United Kingdom & Ireland rights.
While Funimation released theirs first on Blu-ray, their master turned out to be incorrect in terms of the presentation due to a ‘green’ tint used when you watch the film. Miraculously this was not present in the Manga Entertainment master (both the digital and home video version) so many folks consider the UK release to be the best English territory version to own at the current moment.
The UK release for Dragon Ball Super: Broly is available as a collector’s edition Blu-ray, a Sainsbury’s exclusive variation of the Blu-ray release and on DVD. I own the collector’s edition Blu-ray version which comes with a slipcover, folded poster, and four stickers.
The Dragon Ball Super: Broly Blu-ray release from Manga Entertainment is available on 1 Blu-ray disc that contains both the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub produced by Funimation. English Hard of Hearing subtitles is also available for the English dub. The Blu-ray disc is region locked for Region B territories only, and the subtitles are unlockable during playback.
What’s interesting about this release is that it has actual trailers presented before the Blu-ray menu, which isn’t that common for the UK authored anime releases these days. The trailers were for Pokemon: The Power of Us, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, and Dragon Ball Super. However, there are no on-disc bonus features for this UK release.
Languages: English, Japanese
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Linear PCM 2.0, Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Linear PCM 2.0
Video: 1080p High Definition Native format with 16:9 ratio
Subtitles: English, English HOH
Locked Subtitles: No
Plot Synopsis (via Manga Entertainment):
Earth is at peace after the Tournament of Power. Goku, knowing that there are ever-stronger forces in the universe he has yet to encounter, spends all of his time training to achieve another level. One fateful day, a Saiyan appears before Goku and Vegeta who they have never seen before: Broly. How can a Saiyan – who had all supposedly been annihilated after the erasure of Planet Vegeta – appear on Earth? With the return of Frieza from hell, a fierce battle awaits these three Saiyans who have followed completely different destinies.
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
Limited Edition Extras:
4 Stickers featuring Goku, Vegeta, Broly and Frieza
Dragon Ball Super: Broly is available to own on Blu-ray and DVD from Manga Entertainment.